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CharterTeacher Preparation and Certification Program (GaTAPP)

CharterTeacher Georgia Teacher Academy for Preparation and Pedagogy (GaTAPP)

Visit www.gcsagatapp.org for specific GaTAPP program information and registration!

 -Providing alternative teacher preparation and certification for employed charter school teachers

offered by the Georgia Charter Schools Association (GCSA)

Prepare, Perform, Progress…“Preparing highly effective teachers through the ongoing assessment of performance practices to ensure teacher quality and student achievement.”

The goal of GCSA GaTAPP is to assist with compliance for highly qualified status and teacher certification via an alternative route to teacher preparation and certification program geared specifically to teachers employed in the charter school sector.

A performance-based, job-embedded teacher preparation program for teacher candidates to earn a clear, renewable certificate that: 

  • supports Georgia charter school teachers as they transition from careers in fields including education into teaching; 
  • A performance-based program that integrates clinical practice, diverse field-based experiences, performance outcomes, and professional learning to develop effective teachers; 
  • seeks to equip candidates with the skills to ensure a reasonable expectation of success in the classroom, which will help them move toward mastery of teaching;
  • evaluates teacher candidates through outcomes aligned with best practices from national, state, and professional standards;
  • provides structured supervision, coaching, and mentoring by a Candidate Support Team (CST) which includes an administrator, mentor, and GaTAPP Director and GCSA Program Supervisor (one of the CST is a content specialist or a fourth member is included) to ensure teacher candidates achieve program success;  and
  • trains teacher candidates with the knowledge  and dispositions delineated in the teaching competencies to improve teaching and learning and enhance student achievement.

 GaTAPP OfferingsThe CharterTeacher GaTAPP is an educator preparation program for highly qualified, experienced professionals who are interested in pursuing careers in teaching in the charter sector.  The vision of the GaTAPP is to enhance the social, emotional, and academic growth in charter school students.  The mission is to promote highly effective teaching and learning, scholarship, and professionalism in the charter sector through quality professional learning, mentoring, and assessment practices.  The GaTAPP employs the same rigorous standards as that of a traditional teacher-training program, but provides another option for charter teachers to earn state licensure via the Georgia Professional Standards Commission. 

  • Clinical practice through classroom performance
  • External field experiences in diverse charter schools
  • Performance-based assessment of competencies to determine readiness to teach
  • Curriculum and pedagogy based on knowledge, skills, and dispositions
  • Individualized program of study
  • Ongoing assessment and support with continued feedback and reflection
  • Highly Qualified and Certification Assistance
 
 

For further information contact: Juli Sergi, Director, Certification Programs, GaTAPP@gacharters.org or accesswww.gcsagatapp.org for program specifics and registration links.

*Registration Deadlines: Ongoing Until Cohort Reaches Maximum Numbers

*The program  is delivered in a blended learning environment including three interactive Workshops and online professional learning via our electronic system (LiveText).

 *The program cost is $4000.00 with an additional $100 Non-Refundable DEPOSIT up front to issue a LiveText account and process the application upon completion of the initial survey to determine eligibility. 

 

CharterTeacher: GaTAPP Handbook Program Overview

 Format

 Performance-Based; Blended-Learning Model (online/face-to face)

 Member

 $4000.00 (plus an additional $100 Deposit fee for LiveText and Program Entry Processing).  Based on the new state initiative for ensured teacher quality, teachers will be required to pay a fee for the new Teacher Evaluation Measures Assessment required by the GaPSC (edTPA) to the specified Agency. 

 Course Description

The Georgia Teacher Academy for Preparation and Pedagogy (GaTAPP) is an educator preparation program for those seeking careers in P-12 teaching.  The vision of the Georgia Charter Schools Association (GCSA) is to enhance the social, emotional, and academic growth in charter school students.  The mission of the GaTAPP program is to promote highly effective teaching and learning, scholarship, and professionalism in the charter sector through quality professional learning, mentoring, and assessment reporting.  It is the goal of the GCSA to work closely with the Georgia Professional Standards Commission (GaPSC) and the Georgia Department of Education (GaDOE) to support Georgia charter school teachers as they transition from careers in fields other than education into the teaching profession.  The GaTAPP will provide training to prepare and certify teachers and obtain clear renewable certification (through the GaPSC).  The GaTAPP targets college graduates to enter teaching through a program that is performance-based and designed to develop proficient teachers in a timely and economically feasible manner.  The GaTAPP employs rigorous practices and provides professional learning based on national, state, and professional standards and assessments. 

The GCSA recognizes the need to provide charter school teachers continual support in the areas of teacher preparation, professional learning, and assessment based on innovative, research-based methodologies.  Thus, we are looking for charter school teachers who are willing to engage in a program that focuses on quality, accountability, and sustainability to ensure teacher quality and improve student achievement.

 The one to three-year program consists of professional learning coupled with field-based experiences and clinical practice opportunities.  The GCSA GaTAPP program provides individualized support from a selected Candidate Support Team (CST) comprised of a school-based Administrator and Mentor, GCSA Director Certification, GCSA GaTAPP Supervisor, and a Content Specialist if the Mentor is not certified in the field/grade level that the Teacher Candidate is teaching and seeking initial certification.  The GaTAPP Program is based on the research and guiding principles of Charlotte Danielson’s Enhancing Professional Practice: A Framework for Teaching, as well as a multitude of research-based standards to ensure instructional excellence.  Candidates will be given opportunities for varied professional learning to ensure exposure to diverse student populations (e.g., socioeconomic, gender, sexual orientation, English for Speakers of Other Languages [ESOL]).  Also, the integration of knowledge of methods of teaching reading and writing across the curriculum; identification and education of children with special needs; proficiency in the use, application, and integration of instructional technology; knowledge of relevant sections of the Georgia Birth-12 curriculum; and knowledge of professional ethical standards and requirements for certification and employment will be prevalent in the GaTAPP experience.  Candidates will document progress through an individualized plan and a portfolio of their work and the exemplary work of their students.  Evidence will be aligned with Danielson’s four domains and 24 competencies, as well as specified teaching dispositions.  Teacher candidates receiving certification through the GCSAs GaTAPP will receive quality educational instruction, performance-based learning, job-embedded support through a research-based mentoring program, and will be well-prepared to assist students in becoming life-long learners.  Teacher candidates will compile an Individualized Progressive Performance Induction Plan (I3P2) to demonstration highly effective teaching.  Any teacher candidate that does not demonstrate content proficiencies in the preparation field will be issued a Remediation Plan outlining areas in need of improvement and strategies to improve teaching and learning.  Candidates failing to demonstrate successful completion of the Remediation Plan will be terminated from the GaTAPP program and formal documentation will be provided to the CST and electronically entered with the GaPSC.

The one to three-year program consists of professional learning coupled with field-based experiences and clinical practice opportunities.  The GCSA GaTAPP program provides individualized support from a selected Candidate Support Team (CST) comprised of a school-based Administrator and Mentor, GCSA Director Certification, GCSA GaTAPP Supervisor, and a Content Specialist if the Mentor is not certified in the field/grade level that the Teacher Candidate is teaching and seeking initial certification.  The GaTAPP Program is based on the research and guiding principles of Charlotte Danielson’s Enhancing Professional Practice: A Framework for Teaching, as well as a multitude of research-based standards to ensure instructional excellence.  Candidates will be given opportunities for varied professional learning to ensure exposure to diverse student populations (e.g., socioeconomic, gender, sexual orientation, English for Speakers of Other Languages [ESOL]).  Also, the integration of knowledge of methods of teaching reading and writing across the curriculum; identification and education of children with special needs; proficiency in the use, application, and integration of instructional technology; knowledge of relevant sections of the Georgia Birth-12 curriculum; and knowledge of professional ethical standards and requirements for certification and employment will be prevalent in the GaTAPP experience.  Candidates will document progress through an individualized plan and a portfolio of their work and the exemplary work of their students.  Evidence will be aligned with Danielson’s four domains and 24 competencies, as well as specified teaching dispositions.  Teacher candidates receiving certification through the GCSAs GaTAPP will receive quality educational instruction, performance-based learning, job-embedded support through a research-based mentoring program, and will be well-prepared to assist students in becoming life-long learners.  Teacher candidates will compile an Individualized Progressive Performance Induction Plan (I3P2) to demonstration highly effective teaching.  Any teacher candidate that does not demonstrate content proficiencies in the preparation field will be issued a Remediation Plan outlining areas in need of improvement and strategies to improve teaching and learning.  Candidates failing to demonstrate successful completion of the Remediation Plan will be terminated from the GaTAPP program and formal documentation will be provided to the CST and electronically entered with the GaPSC.

 Target Audience and Qualifications

The program is designed for individuals who do not hold or have never held a teaching certificate, have never engaged in student teaching, and who need pedagogical support to deliver effective instruction to improve student achievement and earn clear renewable certification in the state of Georgia in one of the following areas:

 Early Childhood Education (P-5)

  • Special Education (P-12)
  • Middle Grades Education (4-8)
  • Foreign Language (P-12)
  • Secondary Education (6-12) in the fields of:
    • Biology
    • Chemistry
    • Broad Field Science
    • English
    • Mathematics
    • History
  • Other areas may be considered on a case by case basis

 The GaTAPP program of study is organized into six transition phases to assess teacher candidates through recruitment, selection, preparation, support, retention within the program, and retention within the field of education:

 Phase 1: Program Entry and Pre-Assessment

Phase 2: Continual Immersion in Professional Learning equivalent to the “Essentials for Effective Teaching” Training

 Phase 3:  Quarterly Progress Report Checks

 Phase 4: All Program Requirements Met

 Phase 5: Program Completion and Exit

 Phase 6: Exit Assessments Feedback for Continual Program Improvement

 2. MINIMUM ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

 GaTAPP teacher candidates must meet the minimum criteria for admission: 

GaTAPP teacher candidates must meet the minimum criteria for admission: 

 Candidates at the Bachelor’s Degree level or higher must hold a degree from a PSC-approved and accredited college or university;

  • Candidates at the Bachelor’s Degree level or higher must hold a degree from a PSC-approved and accredited college or university;
    • Pass the GACE Program Admissions Assessment (or qualify by exemption scores SAT, ACT, GRE):
    • Candidates who are teachers of record must meet the requirements for highly qualified status by having a passing score on the GACE Program Admissions and content area in which they are assigned to teach
    •  A major in a concentration in the assigned teaching field OR a transcript assessment confirming successful completion of 15 semester hours for middle grades and 21 semester hours for secondary education in the assigned teaching field OR a passing score on the appropriate GACE Content Assessment.
    • Pass a criminal background check.
    • Employment in a Georgia charter school secured by the Teacher Candidate and confirmed by the charter school via a signed contract
    • Candidates are assigned teaching responsibilities that align with their expertise.
    • Completion of ALL required Program Entry Documentation.
    • Essentials of Effective Teaching training via face-to-face Workshops.
    • Review of expertise and experience to develop a professional growth plan.
    • Assignment of a Candidate Support Team (CST), which includes a school-based Administrator and Mentor, GCSA Director, Certification, GCSA GaTAPP Supervisor, a Content Specialist if the Mentor is not certified in the field the Teacher is seeking certification and teaching.
    • A minimum of one year of intense mentoring and coaching by the CST (candidates should expect professional learning opportunities during the program and may require additional college coursework at the cost to the teacher candidate) and two years for those who need time to demonstrate highly effective teaching.
    • Engage in required amount of hours pertaining to professional learning based on Charlotte Danielson’s: Enhancing Student Achievement: A Framework for Teaching and the specified performance competencies and teacher dispositions. 
    • Completion of professional learning required to meet Georgia Special Requirements including the Identification of Exceptional Children, Reading and Writing Across the Curriculum, Nature and Needs of Middle Grade Learners, Cultural Competence, Integration of Instructional Technology, and Ethics Training to name a few.
    • Demonstration of effective, high quality teaching will be presented via an electronic Individualized Progressive Performance Induction Plan (I2P3)Portfolio outlining the GaTAPP requirements and evidence that the competencies and dispositions have been met or exceeded.
    • Continued support if a second or third year of field experience is recommended continued mentoring/coaching and assessment by the CST to ensure the completion of any remaining required professional learning to demonstrate highly effective teaching.
      • SAT Exemption Scores: Verbal 480; Math 520; or combined score of 1000
      • SAT Exemption Scores: Verbal 480; Math 520; or combined score of 1000
      • ACT Exemption Scores: English 21; Math 22; or combined score of 43
      • GRE Exemption Scores: Verbal 490; Quantitative 540; or combined score of 1030

 

3.  CONTINUAL IMMERSION IN PROFESSIONAL LEARNING

Professional learning extends throughout the program.  The goal is to allow candidates to incorporate teaching experiences to individualize their professional learning. Professional learning will be taught by an educator who is experienced and will cover trainings on topics based on continual needs-assessments of the cohort.  Some of the items that candidates may need to complete during their professional learning may include surveys, Unit and lesson plans with impact on student learning, ethics training, a classroom management project, and videos of live teaching demonstrations.  Candidates’ performance will be assessed using formative, summative, and authentic assessment practices.  The assessments will be used to record, track, and maintain data in an effort to close the assessment loop and ensure the success of the Teacher Candidate and the Program.

 4.  BEGINNING OF TEACHING PATHWAY

Every GaTAPP candidate will be assigned a Candidate Support Team (CST) consisting of:

a)     A School-Based Administrator

b)    A School-Based Mentor

c)     A GCSA Director, Certification

d)    A GCSA GaTAPP Program Supervisor

e)     A Content Specialist if the Mentor is not certificate in the area the Teacher Candidate is teaching and seeking initial certification

Since candidates can finish anywhere from one to three years, the GCSA has benchmark phases (transition points) for completion of the program.  Any candidate not demonstrating highly effective and exemplary teaching and/or completing the program requirements at the end of the first year will be assigned appropriate transition phases for the second and/or third year.

5.  END OF TEACHING PATHWAY

 Candidates’ performance will be assessed using formative, summative, and authentic assessment practices.  The assessments will be used to record, track, and maintain data in an effort to close the assessment loop.  If the candidate has not completed all requirements of the program by the end of their first year, any remaining requirements will be listed on their CST meeting and year two will be required; if year three is required a Remediation Plan will be developed outlining tasks needed to exit the program and strategies for completion and improvement.  The candidate will be required to continue in the program and will automatically be transitioned into a second year, and possibly a third year depending on the level of success.

 6.  PROGRAM EXIT

 Candidates must meet all program requirements before completing this phase of the program.

Requirements:

a)     All required GACE assessments are passed (Program Admissions, Content).

 b)    All professional learning is complete including the Georgia Special Requirements.

c)     A minimum of one year of charter school teaching experience in the appropriate grade and content, the candidate is seeking certification.

 d)    Documentation of external field experiences addressing cultural competence and exceptional student populations.

 e)     The electronic portfolio with support evidence is completed and assessed as proficient.

 f)     All competencies and dispositions have been met.

Upon program completion, candidates will be recommended to the GaPSC for a clear renewable certificate during their final face-to-face CST meeting.  Recommendation must be made by the CST who must sign off on the agreement that all program requirements have been met and that the teacher successful demonstrated proficient teaching during the Program.

 7.  POST-PROGRAM EXIT

 The GCSA will follow-up with post-program surveys and provide resources as appropriate and available. The Teacher will agree to engage in longitudinal data collection.

 *All candidates are provided with an explanation of GaTAPP requirements and exit portfolio guidelines prior to program entry. Teacher candidates are made aware of the competencies and dispositions necessary for exit, the assessments, professional learning responsibilities, field and clinical experiences, potential trainings, and required assessments. A detailed checklist will be provided to each candidate for program transition.

 

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